Miscellaneous European Transportation Pictures 2008

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Our vacation to the Mediterranean started with our flight to Rome from Seattle, WA via Toronto, Ontario. We arrived at Rome and then immediately made our way to the train station where we took the train to Florence.
First European truck I saw after getting off our flight to Rome Some pictures taken in the Rome train station
Some pictures taken in the Rome train station
Pictures taken in the Rome train yard as we were on our way to Florence

Truck pictures taken along our train ride from Rome to Florence

We stayed at a B&B in Florence for four nights and spent a lot of time seeing the city and the area around Florence.
Some pictures taken at the Florence train station

One day we hired a driver and car and traveled into the Tuscany Area. I'm so glad we didn't plan to drive in Italy. Not a place for a tourist to drive. It was great to be able to sit back and enjoy the scenery and not worry about getting lost.
  An interesting warning sign for slippery roads  
It is hard to imagine that drivers would need chains here This tiny little three-wheeler really had a lineup of traffic behind him  
Pictures weren't the best on the busy highways here. Those high metal dividers were too high for pictures, but probably kept the traffic where it belonged. No wide grassy real estate here.
    This Volvo was nicely posed for me. Took the picture near in the Tuscany area at San Gimignano - The town famous its towers

I found an overpass in Florence (not at lunchtime though) and shot a few trucks and buses as they were approaching one of the bridges over the Arno River

After our time in Florence, we took the fast train to Venice. We spent the night in Venice and then boarded the Princess Cruise ship for our Mediterranen Cruise. Here are some bus pictures taken in the part of Venice where vehicles are allowed. Our cruise started in Venice. We boarded the ship here and spent one night in Venice. Then the ship left the following morning.
    I guess instead of unloading this trailer into a barge or something and then unloading it at this building, they decided to put the truck and trailer on a barge and unload the trailer like this. I took this picture as our cruise ship was leaving Venice.

Our first port of call on our cruise was at Dubrovnik in Croatia. Here are some pictures of of trucks and buses that I found along the tour we took.
    Our tour bus stopped for a photo shoot with a great view of the coast line of Dubrovnik
There sure wasn't a lot of room to get around vehicles on this road. It was close for those two buses meeting like that. But not nearly as bad as it was on the Amalfi Coast.

Our second port of call on our cruise was at Corfu, Greece. Here are some pictures of of trucks and buses that I found along the tour we took.

Our third port of call on our cruise was at Katakalon, Greece. It is the nearest port to the ancient city of Olympia. Here are some pictures of of trucks and buses that I found along the tour we took.
    This was our tour bus. I got to sit up front on the top level, so the view was great.

Our fourth port of call on our cruise was at Athens, Greece. This port also included a tour of ancient Corinth, which in ancient times was a big port city. Now the ruins are so far away from any water.
  This was our tour bus. I took these pictures while we stopped for lunch at the Kalamaki Beach Hotel near Corinth.

Our fifth port of call on our cruise was at Mykonos, Greece. We didn't take an "offical" tour, but we walked into the town from our ship. There wasn't a lot of safe shoulders to walk into the town, but we managed it without incident. The town is famous for its old windmills and white buildings. It was overcast when we got there and did eventually clear up. I even managed to get a bunch of truck pictures on our walk to and from the town.

Our sixth port of call on our cruise was at Kusadasi, Turkey. Kusadasi is where we went to visit the ancient city of Ephesus.

Our seventh port of call on our cruise was back in Greece again at Rhodes. During the morning we walked arount the walled city of Rhodes and later in the afternoon we took one of the ship's bus tours over to the village of Lindos.

Our eighth port of call on our cruise was at Santorini, Greece. The town is at the top of a high rocky mountain, so from the ship you can either walk up a steep zig-zag road, take a donkey ride or ride a cable car. I chose the cable car. The scenery was awesome with the clear blue ocean, white building and the clear blue sky. I was surprised when I did actually find a truck up there.

Our ninth port of call was back in Italy at Naples. Our time at Naples was spent on a tour bus. We drove through the city of Naples and made our way to the Amalfi Coast roadway. If you want an interesting drive, this is the place to go. I don't recommend driving it yourself though. Our tour guide told us there are 2,000 curves on the route. And let me tell you, some of those curves doesn't allow enough room for two cars to meet. We were in a tour bus and you need every inch of the entire road to made the turns. The scenery is breath-taking and should be enjoyed from the comfort of a tour bus.
These pictures were taken at the Naples port while we were still on our cruise ship
    I shot this DAF truck as we were leaving the Port of Naples on our tour bus

Here is the beginning of our trip along the Amalfi Coast. Here the road looks nice and wide, but still you need to be careful when you meet another bus.
Here we are in the town of Amalfi. Here is a tour bus just leaving the area reserved for tour buses. That tunnel is the "main drag." That is the Amalfi Coast road there. You can see how much clearance there is when that bus goes through there. Don't forget there is also traffic coming from the other direction too. Keep your eyes open WIDE!!  
These two pictures need a bit of explanation. You can see how curvy the road got here. Well the traffic coming in the opposite direction was blocked because our tour bus was taking the needed road to make the corners without hitting a building. So as a result the cars couldn't get past the back corner of the bus. But those scooter and motorcycles could. So they are all going through the area behind and around the bus. So if there might have been any room to get around the bus, the scooters took it and so the cars couldn't get around the bus. We sat here for a while waiting for the cars to back up enough so the bus could get around them. Well we managed to get around some of the cars and around that first curve.

Now look at the second picture. The local bus for Amalfi was in that lineup of cars. So he did what most other drivers do along that route. He tried to go around them. Well he sees our bus and then stops dead in his tracks. So he decides to back up and get back into his own lane so that our bus could continue. It was really an interesting time along the Amalfi Coast.

Taken on the highway after we left Pompei on our way back to the Naples port Taken at the Naples port just as we were about to board our ship  

Our final port of call was at Rome. These pictures were taken in Rome after we completed our cruise of the Mediterranean. We spent three nights in Rome and then flew home.

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